Diario In Italia - Kacy Swain

Aug. 21, 2011

Photo Gallery - Ancient Rome

Rome, Italy - Today was another amazing day in Italy. A day after seeing Holy Rome, we got to see Ancient Rome, including The Coliseum and The Forum, both magnificent places that captured the social and political parts of the city. Even though it was scorching hot and the tour was filled with long walks, it was definitely a sight to see. The skyscraping architecture was unreal, and the stories behind them were even more unbelievable. After all the sight-seeing we endured that day, we stopped at a small café on the side of the road and grabbed some of the most delicious sandwiches. We had a really good time just sitting around the tables talking and laughing about the day's adventures.

When we got back to the hotel, the coaches made sure we had enough time to start our homework and study for the classes that we will be missing during this trip. I found this very helpful for me, because with all he touring and games we barely have enough time to do our work, and we do not want to cram on the plane ride back home. Finally, we played our second game against the Dutch National team. It was a tie game with two minutes left in the fourth quarter, and although we did not pull out with the win, we still had fun with the experience. After the rough game, we were graciously invited back to eat dinner with the Dutch team. Being able to learn about each other's cultures and comparing similarities and differences was a really fun experience. Not to mention the food was great!

Overall, today was a day filled with history, bonding, and culture. Being able to take this trip to Italy is a blessing, and I hope to milk every experience out of it. I also hope this trip will make our team even stronger for the tournament this year. As they say in Italian, "Ciao!"

-Kacy Swain

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Nov 01 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Vanguard
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. St. John's
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. James Madison
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Saturday, Nov 28 - TBA PST
vs. Denver or Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Saturday, Dec 05 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 13 - 11:00 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Wednesday, Dec 16 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 18 - 7:05 PM PST
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
Monday, Dec 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Monday, Dec 28 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
Wednesday, Dec 30 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 02 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Jan 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA